Bed Handles, Inc., has issued a second recall for 113,000 portable bed handles after four people became trapped in the gap between the mattress and bed handle and died.
"When attached to an adult’s bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death," the Consumer Product Safety Commission reported.
The CPSC said four people have died, including a 41-year-old disabled woman in Renton, Washington, and three elderly women living in retirement homes in California, Minnesota and Washington.
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The bed handles were sold between 1994 and 2007 and include the Original Bedside Assistant® (BA10W), the Travel Handles™ (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant® (AJ1).
They were sold for about $100 at home health-care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores nationwide and in home and health-care catalogs from January 1994 through December 2007, according tot he CPSC.
Consumers should immediately stop using all recalled bed handles that were sold without safety retention straps.
Contact Bed Handles, Inc. for free safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame, new assembly and installation instructions for models BA10W, BA11W and AJ1 and a warning label to attach to the bed handles.
The bed handles should be used only with the safety retention straps securely in place by attaching the bed handle to the frame to prevent a gap.